We're kicking off spring by featuring one of our floral-named patients as Pet of the Month for March. She was found as a kitten, hiding in a garden under a tiger lily and was henceforth called "Tillie". She has since blossomed into a beautiful 15-year-old feline with lots to say. Tillie and her parents, Daryl and Catherine Hasse, were united 11 years ago; the Hasses were cat sitting for her sister’s multiple cats and after staying with them for a few months, Tillie decided she liked their home so much that she was staying - she's been there ever since.
Tillie is an opinionated little cat with much to say. She will announce her arrival into rooms and isn’t afraid to share her thoughts with her housemates, including her canine sister, Margot. Tillie tolerates Margot, but enjoys her petting time away from her and curling up on the foot stool next to her Dad’s feet during TV time. Visitors are always amused to see Tillie has her own TV table and chair where she takes her meals; the Hasses tell us this is to keep Margot away from her food. Tillie enjoys her seat so much, she can most often be found there while her family is eating at the dinner table.
Tillie has been with us at City Pets since 2013 and, like many of our patients, we developed a loving relationship with her because she is a wonderful pet and because we see her often due to ongoing health issues. As a kitten, Tillie faced her first medical hurdle when she needed to have a deformed leg amputated, but rest assured she has no troubles getting around on three legs. She has been battling allergies, diabetes, and thyroid problems for years. Luckily, Tillie’s parents have tried hard to make sure she is taken care of promptly and each condition is managed properly. All three health problems, diabetes in particular, can be controlled with regular monitoring and consistent treatment. Due to this vigilance, Tillie is showing the early signs of diabetic remission. Thanks to the continued care of the City Pets staff, the dedication of her parents, and her can-do attitude, Tillie has been living a full and happy life.